The Chicago Blackhawks are still hoping that their captain Jonathan Toews can shake off his health issues and return to the ice sooner than later. But it turns out is a real possibility that instead of getting back in action, Toews decides to walk away from professional hockey.
According to Daily Herald’s John Dietz, Toews is “seriously considering” retirement in the wake of battling multiple illnesses. The Blackhawks are aware that this is an option and have been bracing for it for some time now.
Toews missed the entire 2021-22 campaign due to health problems. He made 46 appearances this season, scoring 14 goals and dishing 14 assists, but he hasn’t played since January.
Despite the reports, the Blackhawks are still insisting that Toews will be back.
“I know he’s chomping at the bit to take the next step,” Blackhawks head coach Luke Richardson told the media earlier this week. “Just hopefully he gets there.”
Jonathan Toews is an absolute Blackhawks legend, having helped the franchise win three Stanley Cups. He also gained numerous recognitions on the individual level, being the second-youngest Conn Smythe Trophy winner in the history of the league and earning six All-Star nods. Toews’ played 1,060 games in 15 NHL seasons and has 371 goals and 509 assists for a total of 880 career points.